Council to link volunteers to those in greatest need


City of York Council are working with the many kind-hearted volunteers and with the established voluntary sector to recruit, train and deploy volunteers to support the most vulnerable in the city who do not have access to any help.

Residents who would like help and volunteer are being asked to sign up to volunteering@york.gov.uk or call 01904 551550, or go to www.york.gov.uk/COVIDVolunteering. We will ask for details of their skills and capacity, match them to an existing voluntary group or train them ourselves, coordinating with city groups and council requirements, manage them to deliver support where it is needed.

Those vulnerable residents who do not currently have any access to support, but who need help because of impact of COVID-19, are asked to email our Community Support Coordinators at covid19help@york.gov.uk or call 01904 551550 for assistance.

As the health and safety of our residents is our priority, this structured and safe approach to volunteering is to ensure people get the support they need in a co-ordinated and safe way.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council said:

“Our incredible communities and voluntary sector are a key part of how York will get through this crisis. We know that hundreds of residents across the city have already offered their help to fellow residents at this unprecedented time, and we welcome this public-spirited approach.

“We are working with care providers across the city, providing them with the latest information and advice. Our priority is looking after the physical and mental wellbeing of our older and vulnerable people.

“Together, we are working fast to create a comprehensive strategy which connects our willing and wonderful volunteers to those in greatest need. Please do play your part.”


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